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Sunday, December 09, 2012

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CHAPTER & VERSE

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Speaking of an elder statesman,

Puzant Granian (may he rest in peace)

once said to me:

“He was so naïve that I once heard him say

'Churchill does not lie.'"

There you have it in four words:

the fallacy of our revolutionaries:

“The West does not lie.”

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Poor Armenian revolutionaries.

After 600 years of subservience to a bloodthirsty tyrant

what did they know about politics and diplomacy –

that is to say, the real world?

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But the more relevant question to be asked is:

“What have they learned?”

And if they have learned nothing,

can they even lead a dog to the nearest fire hydrant?

Can they even read and understand

what they are reading?

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Last Saturday I saw on Armenian television

another one of our dime-a-dozen elder statesmen

bragging about our translation of the Bible –

“the Queen of translations.”

Instead of bragging he should have asked:

What have we learned from the Bible?

Do we read it?

And if we read it,

can we understand what it says?

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“When the blind lead the blind

both shall fall into the ditch.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

“Without vision the people perish.”

“By their fruits ye shall know them.”

“Put not your trust in princes.”

“A fool’s mouth is his destruction.”

“Can two walk together except they be agreed?”

“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool.”

“The wages of sin is death.”

And I could go on and on…

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Monday, December 10, 2012

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LABELS

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After millennia of wars, deportations, abductions,

rapes, and mixed marriages,

mankind has been so thoroughly bastardized that

whenever I am introduced to a fellow Armenian,

I ask myself: what do I share in common with this fellow?

And more often than not the answer is “Nothing!”

His mother tongue and mine may be the same

but his favorite medium is Russian and mine is English.

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It has been said that if the history of mankind

were 24 hours long,

we may be able to trace our ancestry for a few seconds

or even a minute or two,

but beyond that it’s Bagratunis and Mamikonians

(Jews and Chinese respectively).

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If a man does business with Armenians

or lives in an Armenian neighborhood

and doesn’t know who and what he is,

he will identify himself as an Armenian.

The same applies to Turks, Americans, Australians,

and in general all other tribes, nations, and empires.

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We are Christians not because Christianity is the best religion

or it makes more sense than all the others,

but because that was the only religion we were taught as children.

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The only legitimate and verifiable label I recognize is “human being,”

and so few qualify. As for Homo sapiens:

since what we don’t know outweighs what we know a million to one,

a more accurate label would be Homo ignoramus.

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Speaking for myself:

I have said this before and it bears repeating:

on a good day I can trace my ancestry all the way back to my father.

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You have every right to find me unreadable.

I rate objective judgment above flattery and propaganda.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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LEADERS

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My ambition in life:

to convince my enemies that we have many more reasons

to be the best of friends.

(This tactic doesn’t always work with Armenians.)

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Every time you say “Yes, sir!” to a liar,

you dig a deeper hole for the truth.

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Every time you put your trust on a bad leader,

you raise another obstacle on the path of a good leader.

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Let others speechify and sermonize about our heroes and martyrs.

I will continue to write about blunders and their innocent victims.

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It has been said that a competent leader is first and foremost

a consensus seeker. You may now draw your own conclusions.

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Let’s not fool ourselves:

our leadership is as keen on divide-and-rule tactics

as our worst enemies.

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A divided nation is on its way to the devil.

Only idiots refuse to see this.

And when idiots are in charge

the result may be another genocide.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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LITERATURE & POLITICS

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Reason tells us there is strength in unity.

It follows; reason has at no time played a central role

in our political affairs.

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It can truly be said of us that our literature

has shaped nothing and no one except

a handful of scribblers, versifiers, daydreamers,

and mental masturbators.

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What has been the role of our political leaders?

The answer is and must be that of gravediggers.

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“Let us not deceive ourselves” is a favorite line of mine.

But even as I write I go on deceiving myself into thinking

my words may be read, and if read may make a difference.

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I am told I am too extreme and inflexible in my views,

intolerant of alternative ideas,

reluctant to engage in dialogue,

unable to compromise.

Which raises the question:

Is compromise possible with charlatans

who do not even acknowledge your existence?

Or with wheeler-dealers who have silenced

far better men than myself?

Can one negotiate from a position of non-existence?

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So many readers disagree with me that

whenever on those rare occasions

someone agrees with me

my first reaction is to think

I must have said something wrong.

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Our educational system is at the mercy of dupes of former dupes

whose most important project is to create

a new generation of dupes.

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If the Genocide taught us nothing

it only means that we are unteachable.

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